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Blue-Eyed Devil [Hardcover]

A book by Robert B. Parker

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  • Jul 6, 2010
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4 1/2 stars.

Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch return to Appaloosa where they had enforced the law in the past.

Things have changed and currently, the town is run by Amos Callico, an ambitious, corrupt, chief of police and his twelve lawmen. Callico is always looking for a personal gain and his method of providing justice is to demand kick-backs from the businessmen and town residents.

Virgil and Everett are hired to provide personal security by Lamar Spec, at his saloon, The Boston House.

Callico is annoyed with this development and approaches them to complain. Then he attempts to get them to join his group. However, he is rebuffed. Word of this spreads and soon the two former lawmen are providing honest security for all of the saloons in town.

One day, their friend Pony Flores and his half brother Kha-to-nay, arrive. Flores tells Virgil and Everett that his half brother doesn't like white men because they took his and his people's land. Kha-to-nay only speaks to Indians and in this case, Pony is the only one there to talk to.

Pony informs the former lawmen that his half brother killed a crooked Indian agent and robbed a bank. The government agents are after him for the first crime and the Pinkertons for the second.

Parker is a master story teller. As I breezed through the pages, I kept thinking of Gary Cooper in "High Noon" and was humming the theme song from that movie.

Parker's visual descriptions and entertaining characters make the reader want the story to go on and on.

I really enjoyed the book and felt that I was sitting at a ring-side seat as the realistic action was unfolding before me. Robert Parker passed away recently and all of literature will be sorry that he's not still with us, providing the wonderful stories and brave, empathetic characters that we'd all like to emulate.

The author's theme was that goodness will win out and this is well portrayed.

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review by . June 13, 2010
I was devastated  when Robert B. Parker passed on early in 2010.  I have enjoyed his novels and characters immensely over the years and it’s sad to know that very few are left in the queue to enjoy.       Blue-Eyed Devil is the fourth book in a Western series featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, sometimes lawmen, always gunmen.  They arrive back in the town of Appaloosa where Virgil used to be sheriff where they find not one or two but really four …
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This excellent posthumous western from bestseller Parker (1932–2010) continues the saga of gun-slinging saddle pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (afterBrimstone) as they trade wisecracks and hot lead with back-shooting owlhoots and murderous Apaches in the town of Appaloosa. Cole and Hitch used to be the law in town, but now Appaloosa has a corrupt, ambitious, and deadly police chief named Amos Callico backed up by 12 rifle-toting cops of dubious background, and though Callico sees Cole and Hitch as impediments to his plans for extortion and high political office, his threats don't worry the boys much. Meanwhile, Cole kills the son of a prominent rancher in a fair fight, renegade Apaches plan an attack on the town, and a mysterious dandy arrives in town with a sinister agenda. Fortunately, Cole and Hitch are smart and resourceful, and there's trickery, gunplay, and throat-cutting until only a few folks are left standing. Lean, fast, and full of snappy dialogue, it's everything a series fan would expect.(May)
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ISBN-10: 0399156488
ISBN-13: 978-0399156489
Author: Robert B. Parker
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Date Published: May 4, 2010
Format: Hardback
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